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Our Australian Friends Could Use Our Help

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The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. The Escapist is proud to have many members of our community residing in Australia and we wanted to point everyone in the right direction if you have the ability to help out.

The disastrous flood in eastern Australia has devastated the country, overwhelming both farmland and the nation's largest cities. We are proud to have many Australian community members here on The Escapist and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy.

If you would like to donate to the relief effort, please head over to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal or go directly to the donation form by clicking here.

Thank you.

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Thanks for the thoughts Escapist staff, it's been rough around here lately.

Considering 75% of the state is declared a natural disaster zone, its pretty bad, thats all i hear on the news lately is the flooding, only a few states arent actually flooded, QLD is hit the worst by all means.

Already donated ^.^

Zenode:
Considering 75% of the state is declared a natural disaster zone, its pretty bad, thats all i hear on the news lately is the flooding, only a few states arent actually flooded, QLD is hit the worst by all means.

Already donated ^.^

Lets have a lesson in scale shall we Zenode?

The area of Queensland is about 1,852,642 km2.
75% of 1,852,642 is 1,389,481.5 km2.

Which is, for all you Americans... About the same size as Texas, Arizona and California all put together.

That's a damn lot of water.

Think of the children! Donate!

The_Healer:

Zenode:
Considering 75% of the state is declared a natural disaster zone, its pretty bad, thats all i hear on the news lately is the flooding, only a few states arent actually flooded, QLD is hit the worst by all means.

Already donated ^.^

Lets have a lesson in scale shall we Zenode?

The area of Queensland is about 1,852,642 km2.
75% of 1,852,642 is 1,389,481.5 km2.

Which is, for all you Americans... About the same size as Texas, Arizona and California all put together.

That's a damn lot of water.

Think of the children! Donate!

Yeah, our country is pretty damn big. Should prolly fix that someday.

You know... this really makes me mad. Roughly this time last year we heard absolutely nothing but Haiti on the US news for weeks and how we should do all we could to help those people in their time of need. A people who have historically not wanted and out and out refused US presence.

Yet we have a country who is having a similar level of disaster, who have long been friends to the US and we have basically heard nothing about it from our mainstream news outlets.

I wish you guys the best, Hope you work your way through it and keep you and your loved ones dry.

Yeah It's not great over here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYzetRwQB9I&feature=watch_response
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-BEMTwh4hI

/This was a flash flood which ripped through Toowoomba's center within an hour

This is really good to see.

I am lucky enough to be out of the danger zone, but I have a lot of friends and family who were affected.

The_Healer:

Zenode:
Considering 75% of the state is declared a natural disaster zone, its pretty bad, thats all i hear on the news lately is the flooding, only a few states arent actually flooded, QLD is hit the worst by all means.

Already donated ^.^

Lets have a lesson in scale shall we Zenode?

The area of Queensland is about 1,852,642 km2.
75% of 1,852,642 is 1,389,481.5 km2.

Which is, for all you Americans... About the same size as Texas, Arizona and California all put together.

That's a damn lot of water.

Think of the children! Donate!

And yet HOW much international aid are we getting compared to what we give everyone else?

Its silly, there was only 1 comment on this about a big natural disaster yet a story about a woman throwing a Wii at someone has 40ish, i know it not many but a woman injuring her husband should not get better coverage than a national disaster

I hate seeing all these pictures of the Stadium flooded.

People are dying, starving and entire neighbourhoods are disappearing but our Media acts as though THAT is striking imagery. Or that it is the biggest shame.

Why is it that I have only heard about this now, from a gaming website no less, there hasnt been any news about this here in Canada.

MMMowman:
Yeah It's not great over here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYzetRwQB9I&feature=watch_response
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-BEMTwh4hI

/This was a flash flood which ripped through Toowoomba's center within an hour

Wow that is scarry. My god those youtube comments are horrendous.

The actual floods are just the beginning, all of those houses that were under water have thick mud coating everything, mud which is not easily removed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VaC4iih_cA&feature=related
That Ch7 advert is a quick way to realize just what has happened to the people affected by the floods.

Thanks to all of the big name sports stars for all of there support. The Australia V England T20 match down here in Adelaide helped raise $25,000 in a couple of hours. Of course all the support helps.

already donated. even though my workplace is currently flooded and i cant get to work (so i'm not getting paid)

viranimus:
You know... this really makes me mad. Roughly this time last year we heard absolutely nothing but Haiti on the US news for weeks and how we should do all we could to help those people in their time of need. A people who have historically not wanted and out and out refused US presence.

Yet we have a country who is having a similar level of disaster, who have long been friends to the US and we have basically heard nothing about it from our mainstream news outlets.

Haiti is a third-world country. It needs all the help it can get. (Even now. A year later, there are still huge problems in Haiti. Check out the articles on the UNICEF website.)

Australia, on the other hand, is very well off. We need some help at the moment, and rebuilding everything we've lost will take a long time. But I'm sure we won't have Queenslanders still living in tent cities this time next year.

And the death toll is not comparable. Estimates of the Haitian death toll range between 92,000 and 316,000 (numbers from Wikipedia, if you're wondering). The Australian floods? According to the ABC, 16 confirmed dead and 28 currently missing.

Please don't think I'm making light of the pain of those who have lost homes, livelihoods, friends and loved ones in the floods. But in terms of needing aid - I don't think the Australian floods are in the same league as the Haitian earthquake.

I live in one of the non-flooded states but the water's heading our way. I have friends who live in Queensland, had a friend get trapped in one of the near-obliterated towns but fortunately they have contacted friends online.

I heard on twitter that Yahtzee's Mana Bar is offering those affected the opportunity to charge phones/access the internet to keep in touch with loved ones, which is a nice gesture.

we are having quite bad weather at the moment down here. i think the only state without some form of flooding is WA, and they just had a bush fire.

best of luck to those still affected by flooding in queensland, as well as those in northen NSW and the west of victoria

Thank you for being so concerned, Escapist.
We also really appreciate the very generous donations that your company and staff have contributed towards helping us recover from this catastrophe, especially considering how much money and profit that your company generates.
After all the really generous donations that the Escapist has given to the people of Haiti, this is truely a work of profound generousity!

/sarcasm

If only any of that were true...

I wonder; Where did all the water come from? Suddenly I woke up, and about half of Australia was halfway to joining the atlantis neighbourhood..

Roofstone:
I wonder; Where did all the water come from? Suddenly I woke up, and about half of Australia was halfway to joining the atlantis neighbourhood..

You pissed off the ocean somehow I guess?

I don't know. I donated what I could at least.

I was surprised to see actual replies in this thread, I remember checking on the day and not seeing anything thinking to myself "Wow, thanks everybody, it's great you all care so much about real issues".

Oh well, that's okay now I guess... I'm still slightly disturbed by the fact completely fluff random articles get more attention, but hey.

zen5887:
This is really good to see.

I am lucky enough to be out of the danger zone, but I have a lot of friends and family who were affected.

I got out an hour before that happened, I half wish I was around to see it first hand.

lucky for me the floods missed me and my family but if i drive 15 mins down the road i would be under water its so sureal

Roofstone:
I wonder; Where did all the water come from? Suddenly I woke up, and about half of Australia was halfway to joining the atlantis neighbourhood..

it came because it built up in mountain areas as we had 1 week of solid rain, a 8 meter tall wall of water then hit toowoomba and its neibouring suburbs some towns not getting any warning at all (which people now call the inland tsunami), i know one towns has been completly destroyed not a single house remains, that water then went into the brisbane river which snakes its way through brisbane so it just flooded everything tearing free boats, moarings, jettys and 300 meters of the river side walk (the 300 meters was in one large lump when it tore free), the flood also shut down all of brisbane and its nearby suburbs sewage plants so all the sewage in the area is just being pumped into the river (so its not just mud covering everything) to add insult to injury the main water dam was sitting at 90% full before the raining started and during the floods went up to 190% so they have had to empty an amount of water which would have sustained brisbane for five years in 3 days.

khiliani:
we are having quite bad weather at the moment down here. i think the only state without some form of flooding is WA, and they just had a bush fire.

Although WA did have bushfires, there was also flooding in Carnarvon around Christmas time.

Satellite picture of the flooding

And Perth is practically in the middle of a drought now.

It's rough all 'round.

Last year was the worst bushfire Australia ever had... Now in Queensland it's the worst flooding the next year. God-damn I wonder what's going to happen to NSW; some sort of Water-Fire combination that will destroy all of the state?

Of course, condolences to those who lost something in these floods.

I was holidaying in Queensland in an area that got flooded and got back to Perth the day before the floods came...

Trogdor1138:
I was surprised to see actual replies in this thread, I remember checking on the day and not seeing anything thinking to myself "Wow, thanks everybody, it's great you all care so much about real issues".

Oh well, that's okay now I guess... I'm still slightly disturbed by the fact completely fluff random articles get more attention, but hey.

I imagine its because the vast amount of people either don't know what to say or because they feel it would be inappropriate to talk.

Any notice Mr Brown suggesting the coal industry should pay for the damages?

stinkychops:

Trogdor1138:
I was surprised to see actual replies in this thread, I remember checking on the day and not seeing anything thinking to myself "Wow, thanks everybody, it's great you all care so much about real issues".

Oh well, that's okay now I guess... I'm still slightly disturbed by the fact completely fluff random articles get more attention, but hey.

I imagine its because the vast amount of people either don't know what to say or because they feel it would be inappropriate to talk.

Any notice Mr Brown suggesting the coal industry should pay for the damages?

This.

I have a few friends down there and i gladly help if i could.

I guess the bump of this post must suffice for now.

I am from Scotland and I'm not sure my currency transfer will do on that website. Please tell me if there's any other way or website I can donate to.

just a quick update for those wanting to know becuase there news network hasnt told you, the water in brisbane has gone back to normal (not so sure about farm lands etc) but there just left with in some places mud (if you can call it that) 1 meter deep and mass damage

Zenode:

And yet HOW much international aid are we getting compared to what we give everyone else?

Its silly, there was only 1 comment on this about a big natural disaster yet a story about a woman throwing a Wii at someone has 40ish, i know it not many but a woman injuring her husband should not get better coverage than a national disaster

Well, to be fair Australia had floods exactly like these in '78 or '73 ... forgotten <.< 30 years ago thereabouts.

They are kinda unavoidable in Queensland. I mean, sure it's a disaster, but it's kinda hard for the government to request financial aid from abroad when people shoose to live in these locales.

One of the reasons why most insiurance companies don't even cover against riverine flooding (Essentially the really really bad kind where there's very little draining and it's rained so much that it's not a flash flood, but one that has shattered the banks of major waterways).

Australia is either the first or second most developed nation in the world? To be fair these sorts of disasters happen all the times in places less fortunate.

Mudslides and floods killed how many hundreds of people in the Philippines and Sri Lanka? Oh nos, 17 people killed (18 still missing last time I check) died in flooding in Australia.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110113/tr_ac/7601454_floods_in_sri_lanka_brazil_and_philippines_kill_hundreds

Australian floods are bad, but it seems like the biggest thing that will hurt us (and yes, it's tragic ... my heart goes out to the victims) is financially, but even then ... we can afford it. We can rebuild, restart industry, repair what has been lost or damaged.

Butr we have to put the Australian floods in perspective ... they are no worse than what has happened to the rest of the world in the week ... and the difference is, unliuke most countries, we are prepared and can financially afford such natural disasters.

Within 4 months this natural disaster will be largely forgotten by most people in this country, much less the rest of the world .... just like how the the natural disasters in Asia we are blind to in the West. It's tragic, but the difference is that for bvetter or worse, this will just be another brief footnote in Australian history that will linger no longer once the waters completely recede.

People's houses will be rebuilt, government will deflate the dollar once exports start rolling on again to entice foreign money from buying Australian produce, and it will be like nothing ever happened.

I'm not saying the Escapist isn't doing enough, I don't know what some people expect out of you guys, but could you make this one of the front page articles? Get rid of the candy cell or Netflix article for it.

We were told that we were going to be hit first and foremost (Mackay, Queensland) But then the system moved south-east and we only caught the tail end of it, in the end it was rockhampton our neighbors to the south which were screwed over first, still nothing compared to poor Toowoomba.

I'm lucky I flew back to Singapore before the floods hit, but I got word that my apartment is submerged >.> Not looking forward to cleaning that up.

SL33TBL1ND:
Yeah, our country is pretty damn big. Should prolly fix that someday.

I vote for the 'giant hammer of continent shattering' approach. But really, I like that we are so big, I'm pretty sure it is our enormous land-mass that lets us have backyards and stuff all over the place. Also, if we were smaller, where would we keep all our dangerous animals because I don't have the money to support them financially for any extended duration (or the life expectancy, because if I did that they'd probably bite/maul/strangle/poison me within a day).

EmeraldGreen:

viranimus:
You know... this really makes me mad. Roughly this time last year we heard absolutely nothing but Haiti on the US news for weeks and how we should do all we could to help those people in their time of need. A people who have historically not wanted and out and out refused US presence.

Yet we have a country who is having a similar level of disaster, who have long been friends to the US and we have basically heard nothing about it from our mainstream news outlets.

Haiti is a third-world country. It needs all the help it can get. (Even now. A year later, there are still huge problems in Haiti. Check out the articles on the UNICEF website.)

Australia, on the other hand, is very well off. We need some help at the moment, and rebuilding everything we've lost will take a long time. But I'm sure we won't have Queenslanders still living in tent cities this time next year.

And the death toll is not comparable. Estimates of the Haitian death toll range between 92,000 and 316,000 (numbers from Wikipedia, if you're wondering). The Australian floods? According to the ABC, 16 confirmed dead and 28 currently missing.

Please don't think I'm making light of the pain of those who have lost homes, livelihoods, friends and loved ones in the floods. But in terms of needing aid - I don't think the Australian floods are in the same league as the Haitian earthquake.

exactly! to any Aussies who are annoyed that we pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year in aid to other countries, and "why aren't they returning the favor now!?"

you don't donate money to a charity for the disabled homeless then demand charity from them just because your million dollar inner city pad gets infested with insects...

I'm from Brisbane, Australia. the reason we don't expect as much aid in return is A) because they can't afford to give it, and B) WE DON'T ****ING NEED IT! (NEED being the operative word there)

if everyone in Aus who pays tax, paid just 6% more this year, we would raise the 20bln dollars needed for repairs, instantly. and we have the nerve to bitch about people like Haiti - who are too busy still dieing on mass from a massive break out of disease, to think about making money - for what? our money back?? disgusting...

as it is, our country should have a contingency fund for this sort of thing anyway! even New Zealand did! there earthquake that devastated one of their biggest cities? no worries, there will be plenty left over in their fund after they use it to pay for the rebuild!

yet in Aus, a bigger country where, lets face it, the weather is not exactly forgiving... WE don't have something like this!? we consider it very irresponsible when we hear the individual flood victims don't have insurance, yet OUR COUNTRY seems to have no insurance!?

so that annoys me.

but yes, we will all have to pay to fix this, and it will not be a negligible amount to most of us (especially when you consider they skyrocketing cost of living) but compared to the situation in Haiti? IT IS ****ING NOTHING!

you wanna bitch about foreign aid, GO LIVE LIKE THEM!

not that I'm trying to discourage anyone from donating... Gov being Gov, will take AGES to sort out the red tape to help those who have lost everything, and ARE NOW HOMELESS. these people need money NOW, and donation is the best way for them to get it. and Aussies... make a donation now, because you'll just have to pay later anyway...

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